Vacationing is about gathering unforgettable memories. It’s about togetherness, happiness, and pure bliss. It is not snapping photos beside the dead body of a leopard.
In Tampin, Malaysia, these tourists were laughing as they took pictures of themselves holding a dead leopard.
The pictures surfaced from an account called “Max Mantra.” They took the pictures in the western state of Negeri Sembilan. Since then, the account has disappeared.
Luckily, Siva Nadarajan, a Facebook user, had the screenshots of the photos. He then uploaded them in his hiking group.
The leopard that was murdered is the Neofelis nebulosa, a high-risk extinction species. It only has a population of only 10,000 and is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
In the pictures, the blue-uniformed men are members of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.
According to National Geographic, “This beautiful Asian cat, named for its spotted coat, is seldom seen in the wild, and its habits remain a bit mysterious. Clouded leopards roam the hunting grounds of Asia from the rain forests of Indonesia to the foothills of the Nepali Himalayas.
Though clouded leopards are great climbers, scientists believe that they do most of their hunting on the ground, feasting on deer, pigs, monkeys, and smaller fare such as squirrels or birds. They are aided in their hunting by the largest canine teeth (proportionate to body size) of any wild cat.
Scientists are not sure exactly how clouded leopards act in the wild. They are probably solitary animals, like most cats. Females give birth to a litter of one to five cubs every year, and the young leopards remain dependent upon their mother for about ten months.”
Nadarjan informed that he tried to contact the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia about this subject.
But he was instead told, ‘everyone has gone home’ before he could make the complaint.
The pictures have now gone viral on Twitter. And people are furious.
A user wrote, “Hopefully they will be found and taught a lesson. Maybe don’t know better but it’s time they learn not to hurt and destroy these rare amazing gorgeous animals. How sad this is. How could they do this and smile and think it is ok. What a loss.”
Hopefully they will be found and taught a lesson. Maybe don’t know better but it’s time they learn not to hurt and destroy these rare amazing gorgeous animals. How sad this is. How could they do this and smile and think it is ok. What a loss.
— caroline (@carolin67681505) May 10, 2019
While another said, “Savage wicked people got no feelings for animal life. I can’t tell what I would like to do to them”
Savage wicked people got no feelings for animal life. I can’t tell what I would like to do to them
— Yvonne Rummey (@YvonneEQSR) May 10, 2019
Hopefully, the law will punish the people who did this.